PHOTO: Monet's ghost standing guard at CLE museum

Published: Oct. 22, 2015 at 9:48 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 23, 2015 at 1:56 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Is someone enjoying art in the afterlife? A ghostly image is making the rounds, depicting a chilling likeness of French Impressionist painter Claude Monet.

"I think it's a great way in to pull people in to see the exhibit," said Carol Sutherland.

Carol saw the "Monet to Matisse" exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art Thursday.

"I didn't see any ghosts, but maybe I wasn't looking close enough," Carol said.

Museum Director Jeffrey Strean snapped the photo in question on Oct. 6.

Museum officials say the photo has not been retouched or photoshopped.

Monet's paintings are on display at the museum, attracting art lovers from all over.

But just the thought of Monet's ghost standing guard over his exhibit is a little scary and fascinating.

Therese Lustic is willing to believe in spirits.

"But I think it's possible, why not? Interesting? It is, and really the picture in the Plain Dealer was really kind of convincing," Lustic said.

Some at the museum say they have seen the man, but nobody has been able to say if it is a ghost or someone visiting the museum who simply looks like Monet.

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